Kimberley Foundation Announces Recipients of the Pat Morris Communities Matter Grant

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Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (Norwood ON) – Teen Makerspace

The Asphodel-Norwood Public Library in Ontario plans to create a “Teen Makerspace” and provide youth from its small, rural community with the ability to explore a variety of tools and equipment to foster their creativity, inspire collaboration, support their education, and develop relevant skills. Not only is it the Library’s goal to provide programming which meets their current needs and interests, but it also hopes to open a dialogue to discover ways to ensure teens will continue to use the Library and have a passion for literacy throughout their lives.

Athens Public Library (Athens ON) – A Place for All

Ensuring that reading and library collections remain accessible to all in their community, especially seniors,  the Athens Public Library program – A Place for All – will see the addition of new large print and audio materials to their collections.

Augusta Township Public Library (Brockville ON) – Expanding Accessibility for Seniors

The Augusta Township Public Library will improve access to materials and technology for its senior residents, many of whom face challenges with limited income, declining vision and social isolation. The grant will help the library improve its large print collection and provide programming to introduce seniors to devices such as tablets and e-readers, or improve their skills. This will allow them to participate more fully in the online community, stay in communication with family and friends, and make better use of the resources the library provide such as online databases and E-books to encourage life-long learning. Programming will also provide seniors with increased opportunities to engage in the local community.